Vikings creator Michael Hirst adapting THE FANTASTIC Gatsby at A+E
After receiving multiple big-screen adaptations since its 1925 publishing, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is finally making its solution to the tiny screen as Vikings creator Michael Hirst has signed to create a series iteration at A+E Studios and ITV Studios America, in line with the Hollywood Reporter.
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Set in the Roaring Twenties on Long Island, the story of Fitzgerald’s celebrated novel centers around narrator Nick Carraway as he begins creating a friendship with mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and learns of his obsession to reunite along with his former lover, Daisy Buchanan. The series adaptation will further explore New York’s Black community and musical subculture through the right time frame, with Columbia University’s William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American studies Farah Jasmine Griffin serving as a consultant on the series, dealing with Hirst and consulting producer Blake Hazard directly, great-granddaughter of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, on the miniseries reimagining.
“I appear to have lived with Gatsby the majority of my entire life, reading it first as a schoolboy, later teaching it at Oxford in the 1970s then re-reading it periodically ever since,” Hirst said. “As the critic Lionel Trilling once wrote: ‘The Great Gatsby continues to be as fresh as when it first appeared, it has gained in weight and relevance even. ’ Today, as America seeks to again reinvent itself once, may be the perfect moment to check with new eyes as of this timeless story, to explore its iconic and famous characters through the present day lens of gender, race and sexual orientation. Fitzgerald’s profoundly romantic vision will not prevent him exposing and examining the darker underbelly of the American experience, which explains why the complete story speaks to both tragedy and hope, today and just why it continues to resonate.”
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Hirst is mounted on pen the script for the “closed-ended miniseries” and executive produce alongside Groundswell Productions’ Michael London (Sideways), as the co-producers currently are in work shopping the project around to premium cable and streaming outlets. Sources report that A+E have held the rights to the novel for many years, going completely to the tiny screen film starring Paul Rudd as Carraway back, and that they’ve been dealing with Hirst for at the very least 3 years quietly, year before departing with Apple secretly attached last.
“I have long dreamt of a far more diverse, inclusive version of Gatsby that better reflects the America we reside in, one which might allow people to see ourselves in Scott’s wildly romantic text,” Hazard said. “Michael brings a deep reverence for Scott’s work to the project, but additionally a fearlessness about bringing this iconic story alive within an fresh and accessible way. I’m delighted to be always a right area of the project.”
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